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BSA National A-Level Sociology Competition

Students win an iPad Mini and £500 for your school!


The National A Level Competition invites essays and short videos from sociology students allowing you to win an Apple iPad Mini and £500 for your school.

The competition is open to anyone currently studying at A Level, AS Level, Scottish Higher Level or equivalent post-16 qualifications in sociology, and we encourage you to be as creative as possible with your answers!

The Corona Generation: Using your sociological imagination, examine how Covid-19 may change young people's lives.

Essay Competition


The aim of this question is to link it to the modules you have studied or are about to study. To enter all you need to do is submit a 2,000-word written piece or a 10-minute podcast or video clip. The closing date for this is: 4pm on Monday, 2 November 2020.

Our winners archive includes details of all winners since the competition started in 2013 and shows the questions they answered. These questions have received some fantastic answers from all over the world.

Students have also commented on how much fun it is to take part in these competitions, enjoying the discussion sessions with their teachers and classmates. Last year’s winner, Georgia Hanna from Kendrick School, said that she was thrilled to have this experience to further her sociological passion, “this essay as inspired me to go deeper into topics of stereotypes and political theory.”

Entries are expected to refer to results obtained from their own primary method of research using a suitable sample. This could be an observation, an interview or a questionnaire based study. All research carried out for this competition has to abide the ethical guidelines of research, as stated in the BSA's Statement of Ethical Practice. If you have any questions regarding the competition criteria, please contact the BSA Membership Team.

How to enter:
Please email your entry with a completed entry form to the BSA Membership Team

Terms and conditions:

  • Entries must be accompanied by confirmation from a Sociology teacher that it is the work of the pupil.
  • Entries must be lone submissions (not joint).
  • Reports must be around 2,000 words (excluding bibliography, figures, tables etc.)
  • Entries submitted in the form of a video or podcast must not exceed 10 minutes.
  • We reserve the right to check submitted works for plagiarism using online tools.
  • Reference to other scholars (including teachers, books, articles and web sites) should be acknowledged.
  • All work must be written or presented in the English language.
  • The judges’ decision is final and we reserve the right to publish your entry with your permission.
The British Sociological Association (BSA) is the national subject association for sociologists in the UK and its primary objective is to promote sociology. The BSA is the largest sociological network in the UK and is the public face of sociology in Britain.

We look forward to receiving your entries!